STRONGSVILLE — More than 300 people dressed in white T-shirts sporting the “World of Dance” television show logo and #MihacevichSisters packed Brew Garden restaurant Tuesday night to support the Brunswick dancers participating in NBC’s competition dance program.
Sisters Madeline, 17, Chloe, 15, and Lainey Mihacevich, 12, performed a contemporary act to “Warrior” by Demi Lovato in the first round of the contest.
“Watching ourselves on TV was a dream come true,” Madeline said. “My family has grown up with dance shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and it has always been a dream of mine to perform on a stage for national TV.”
“It was amazing and at the same time hard to watch,” Chloe said. “As a dancer you are so critical, so there was so much we wished we could have done better. But it was cool to relive some of those moments, too.”
Their routine received a cumulative score of 87 by judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough. The sisters needed a score of 80 or above to advance to the next round.
“Beyond proud was definitely the consensus,” said Dawn Thompson, dance team coach and teacher at Brunswick High School.
The sisters and their parents, Krista and Nick Mihacevich, were surprised with a donated ride from A Touch of Class Limousine of Liverpool Township to the watch party.
“The second it (the limo) pulled up to Brew Garden and we saw everyone standing there, I started crying immediately,” Krista Mihacevich said.
“To have that many people with us to share that experience made it that much better. It was (an) incredible night for our family that we are not going to forget. It was a picture-perfect night.”
Lainey added, “It just felt so great to have so many people supporting us.”
The sisters will compete against another group in the second round called “The Duals.”
“World of Dance” airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on WKYC-TV.
“My girls are typical teens who are seeing a dream of theirs come true,” Krista Mihacevich said. “Hopefully our story is a story that resonates with other kids/families across the country.”
Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.